“We have the virtual reality guys here who are running their program so you can participate in some virtual reality game for a price once you join and then you can participate in the Gaming for Good tournament.”
Curtis explains that they have also expanded the festival inside the Tara Center to help distance themselves and create a safe environment for the residents.
He says the festival will be spread out in the main hall as well as halls B and C in an attempt to limit congestion.
“We have moved the secret shop and Bamsehospitalet into another hall so that it is separate from the rest and we have got an expanded Christmas market.”
Although there are many additions, Curtis says they will still have the usual events and activities seen at the festival in previous years, including Children’s World, Popcorn Playhouse, decorated Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, Mrs. Clause’s coffee house, cake decorations, and live entertainment on stage.
Curtis adds that he is excited to help put residents in the Christmas mood with the festival again this year.
“It’s a great kick-off, we have some snow on the ground, so it has a bit of a winter, Christmas mood, but it’s not too cold outside, the clear blue sky is out.”
All proceeds from the Festival of Trees Fundraiser go to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation, which Curtis says is used to help improve community health care.
“So it’s all going to Grande Prairie Regional Hospital and QEII Hospital for programming and improved medical equipment,” he added.
“(In recent years) we have purchased various pieces of equipment that will improve care and reduce care and reduce hospital waiting times.”
Festival of Trees participates in the Restriction Exemption Program (REP), which means proof of vaccination with the QR code or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours, and a photo ID will be required to enter the facility . Masks will be required inside the building at all times.
Tickets can be purchased in advance here.